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Ivy fest grows

Ivy fest grows

Variety‘s Peter Debruge has an interesting piece on the Ivy Film Festival, which has been able to land some fairly major panelists:

Last year, while working in Boston, Martin Scorsese agreed to drop by nearby Brown U. and host a master class for students at the school’s Ivy Film Festival.

If you think that’s impressive, consider the highlight of this year’s event: a panel featuring Paramount topper Brad Grey, “Chinatown” producer Robert Evans, actor Jack Nicholson and Variety’s Peter Bart.

Most festivals would settle to attract just one such industry pro. So how has a modest, student-run sprocket opera managed to land that roster?

It helps that Brown is home to so many showbiz offspring (both Grey’s son and Nicholson’s daughter are students there), not to mention alma mater for a long list of industry players (director Doug Liman and Fox co-chair Tom Rothman, both grads, have participated, and Rothman will again).

Full story here.

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